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Nicki Minaj
Queen
Features Eminem
Labrinth
Released August 10, 2018
Recorded 2017-18
Format Digital download, streaming
Genre Soul, R&B, hip-hop, trap
Length 4:55
Label Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Republic
Writer Onika Maraj, Marshall Matters II, Timothy Lee McKenzie, Luis Resto
Producer Eminem, Labrinth
Queen track listing
"Majesty" is track number 2.
Previous track
"Ganja Burn"
Next track
"Barbie Dreams"

"Majesty" is a song by Nicki Minaj from her fourth studio album Queen. It features Eminem and Labrinth. The track was set to be sent to US rhythmic radio on October 16, 2018 as the fifth single from the album, however the release was presumably cancelled and was soon followed by the remix of "Good Form" as the fifth single. The track was written by Minaj, Eminem, Labrinth and Luis Resto and was produced by Eminem and Labrinth.

Background and release

In an interview on DJ Whoo Kid's The Hollywood Shuffle, Nicki made the following statement about the feature of Eminem on the track —

"We sent him "Majesty" not thinking he was gonna do it. He co-produced it, he does that, he did the same thing with "Roman's Revenge". Swizz produced "Roman's Revenge", but then Em added stuff production-wise, he did the same thing with this one but he added more production value on this one like he just goes in, he taylor-makes the beat "around his flow and, you know, it’s epic.
Can we acknowledge that [Eminem's verse] that’s like one of the best rap verses we’ve heard in years? Like oh my God, like I was so freaking stunned when I got that back. I just sat there for a long time, I couldn’t move, I couldn’t do nothing, I was just like, "yo, he murdered". It was like another level because lately you don’t see rappers doing that because they don’t feel like they have to anymore, but you know back at—one time rappers wanted to impress lyrically, now rappers wanna impress by going on Instagram and doing a rant, you know."[1]
Minaj's recording engineer, Aubry "Big Juice" Delaine, shared some of the most interesting stories from the recording sessions for Queen. He shared the following statement about the song —
"When we heard the piano part, we were like, "oh, that’s a pretty cool beat." Once it dropped into the [sings more aggressive part], everybody went crazy. But I didn’t know she was putting Eminem on it until the last couple of weeks when he sent it back. He’s still one of those guys who pays attention to lyricism, and as you can tell on this song, he went in. When that beat drops, that is crazy. Then it changes again in the outro with that Caribbean vibe. Likely by next week, "Majesty" is gonna be my favorite song."[2]
Mike Adam announced via Twitter on October 3, 2018 that "Majesty" is set to impact rhythmic radio (US) on Tuesday October 16. It is believed that the release was ultimately cancelled.[3]

Live performances

Minaj made the debut performance of the track live at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards in a medley along with "Barbie Dreams", "Ganja Burn" and "FEFE", and later performed it at the TIDAL X Vivo event in São Paulo, Brazil. It is also used as the opening song for The Nicki Wrld Tour.

Lyrics

Labrinth:
Whatever you say, Mrs. Majesty (Oh, oh)
Whatever you want, you can have from me (Oh, oh)
I want your love, just lead me on
Won't give it up, hey, hey, hey, hey
’Cause I'm a sucker for ya
Boom shang-a-lang-a-la
Boom shang-a-lang-a-la

Nicki Minaj:
Mmm, uh, yo, I got the money and the power now
The G5'll get me out there in an hour now
The MAC movin’ like crack, I'm sellin' powder now
G-game over, locker room, hit them showers now
I got the trophies and the catalogue
Just did a deal, Mercedes-Benz, check the catalogue
I'm buyin' buildings, we don't buy the blogs (Kyuh)
The Nicki challenge when I fly to Prague, uh

Labrinth:
'Cause I'm a sucker for ya
Boom shang-a-lang-a-la
Boom shang-a-lang-a-la

Nicki Minaj:
Uh, yo, who want it with Nicki now?
I smoke ’em like hippies now
They see me, say, "Yippie," now
Homes runnin’ like Griffey now
They switchin' like sissies now
You niggas is iffy now
Bitches tune switchin’ up
We take 'em to Jiffy now
I'm thicker than peanut butter
He nuttin' like Skippy now
He want me to be his wife
His missus like sippi now, uh

Labrinth:
Whatever you say, Mrs. Majesty (Oh, oh)
Whatever you want, you can have from me (Oh, oh)
I want your love, just lead me on
Won’t give it up, hey, hey, hey, hey
'Cause I'm a sucker for ya
Boom shang-a-lang-a-la
Boom shang-a-lang-a-la

Eminem:
She invites me to the condo
Uh-oh, wifey's in Chicago (Oh, oh)
My side piece, but she's also
Someone's wife, so time we spend is borrowed
But it's our moment right here, fuck tomorrow
'Cause moments like these are to die for
And she's clear, all nice and easy
As hair when I'm bleaching it blonde
So we got that lightning in a bottle

She's tipsy, I'm sober
So she gets a chip on her shoulder
Sits on the sofa, I go to load a
Slick Rick song or throw some Souls of Mischief on
She goes, "All that old school hip-hop is over
Think that shit's got pneumonia"
I told her, "Bitch, now, just hold up!"
That's why rap needs a doctor
Our genre's lymph nodes are swole up
It's time to check it for strep or some tonsillitis
'Cause like what they swab you with when your throat hurts
That's why Tribe is so vital: we need Q-Tip for the culture
(Speed it up a little bit)
You ain't dealin' with a fuckin' featherweight
I used to medicate until I'd get a fuckin' bellyache
And now I'm finna step on the pedal, don't wanna ever brake
I wanna accelerate to a level that I can elevate
Demented with the pen, I'll make the mothafucker detonate
I wanna make it acapella—wait, I gotta set a date
With the devil and celebrate, together we can renovate
And re-develop, Hell awaits, and I'ma get a special place
Now, take a ride with me, hop into my time machine
I'ma take the driver's seat as I thrust into hyperspeed
Like I'm a meteorite, and mothafuck the fucking media
Right in the behind; I'm a human encyclopedia
I must be like pie crust because I was bred to rise like I was yeast
And you're never gonna reach these heights
They're just too high to reach
And I ain't even reached my fuckin' highest
You better pick another game, try hide-and-seek
And you might wanna decide to cheat
'Cause you gotta open your eyes to peek
Am I indeed the last of a dying breed?
Even if you fire-breathe, ain't shit you can say to inspire heat
If you wrapped your entire meat pad up in a dryer sheet
And I'm back to rule the kingdom of fuck it
Better not use me as your topic
Anybody who brings me up, duck it
Let me keep it one hundred
Two things shouldn't be your themes of discussion
The queen and her husband
Last thing you're gonna wanna be is our subjects, yeah

Labrinth:
Whatever you say, Mrs. Majesty (Oh, oh)
Whatever you want, you can have from me (Oh, oh)
I want your love, just lead me on
Won't give it up, hey, hey, hey, hey
'Cause I'm a sucker for ya
Boom shang-a-lang-a-la
Boom shang-a-lang-a-la

Nicki Minaj:
Yo, now let me hit you back
Told 'em I'd get you back
I know you sittin' there just thinkin' 'bout who did you that
I am who did you that
You trippin', did you pack?
Can't post on Nicki block unless you sellin' Nicki crack
Here, take a Nicki pack
Check out this Nicki act
Nicki this, Nicki that
All these bitches piggyback
Ha, piggyback, ah, ah, ah back
Ah, ah, ah back, ah, ah

Out ah road, they lovin' my style
The man dem want digits fi dial
Inna the dance, we a go skin out I know
And when I come out, gyal suicidal
Yeah, on the real, I'm these bitches' idol
Gotta be dumb to make me your rival
'Cause I'm too powerful ('Cause I'm too powerful)
And you not powerful (Yeah, you not powerful)
So say your prayers 'cause you 'bout to die slow (Die slow)
Die slow (Die slow), die slow (Die slow)
Jealousy is a disease, die slow (Die slow)
Die slow (Die slow), die slow
Tell her that jealousy is a disease, die slow
[4]

Charts

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) 60
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 44
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ) 6
UK Singles 41
US Billboard Hot 100 48
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 25

Credits

Personnel:[5]

  • Composer: Onika Maraj, Marshall Mathers, Timothy McKenzie, Luis Resto
  • Producer: Labrinth, Eminem
  • Mixer: Mike Strange, Eminem
  • Recording engineer: Aubry "Big Juice" Delaine, Mike Strange, Joe Strange, Labrinth
  • Assistant recording engineer: Nick Valentin, Alex Estevez
  • Additional keyboards: Luis Resto

References

  1. https://genius.com/Nicki-minaj-and-labrinth-majesty-lyrics
  2. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/nicki-minaj-freestyled-90-of-barbie-dreams-in-one-take-709878/
  3. https://twitter.com/mikeadamonair/status/1047134158819082242
  4. https://genius.com/Nicki-minaj-and-labrinth-majesty-lyrics
  5. https://listen.tidal.com/album/93590429
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